Country information

Basic facts on marine waters
  • Territorial sea (12 nm zone): approximately 55,484 km²
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: approximately 462,263 km²

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009:

  • Provides for a statement of policy in the UK marine area, its preparation, review, amendment and withdrawal
  • Identifies the component regions within the UK marine area and provides for the creation of marine plans, their amendment, withdrawal and duty to keep relevant matters under review
  • Provides for the delegation of functions relating to marine plans, decisions affected by the marine policy statement or marine plan, monitoring and reporting


Marine Scotland

1B North, Victoria Quay
Edinburgh EH6 6QQ, Scotland

Last updated: June 2020
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